Labor unions rally in Springfield for safer working conditions during the pandemic

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A group of labor unions gathered outside the courthouse in Springfield Monday to advocate for a safe work environment for all Massachusetts workers.

Outside Springfield City Hall around 11:00 a.m. Monday morning, Court Square was filled with people signing and chanting. They want elected officials to act now and provide workers with the resources they need to stay safe on the job.

This labor day rally featured speakers from several different unions all sharing a similar message. They say the pandemic has not only hurt their industry and it’s put hundreds of thousands of workers at risk.

“So we’re dealing with homes where we’re not sure if there’s a positive test of COVID-19 and some homes where there are positive tests of COVID,” said Ethel Everett of Springfield.

Dozens of members of the teachers union showed up Monday to fight for the rights of teachers as they head back to school.

“I think it’s extremely important that we support our teachers because they love our students and they want to go back to work but it needs to be in a safe environment,” said Julie Letendre of Greenfield.

The group got the chance to speak directly to lawmakers because several members of the western Massachusetts delegation were also in attendance.

Budget negotiations at the federal and state levels are expected to resume shortly. And in a final version, these labor unions are hoping to see additional funding to keep their workers safe.

The rally was part of a state-wide Labor Day mobilization with events that happened at the statehouse in Boston and across the state.

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